Edward Dmytryk (1945)

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This pleasant little crime drama - not quite a thriller and a shade too bright for a film noir - is directed with consummate skill by up-and-coming Edward Dmytryk, who had also worked with former crooner Dick Powell in their masterpiece Farewell My Lovely in the same year. Powell here continues to erase memories of his Busby Berkeley days at Warners, delivering a high-octane performance as he hunts down his wife's murderer in a Buenos Aires peopled with veteran character actors such as Walter Slezak and Morris Carnovsky. Unfortunately, the women (Micheline Cheirel, Nina Vale) are a shade uninteresting, but Powell's hard-boiled demeanour more than compensates.


A Canadian pilot is demobbed at the end of the Second World War, and returns to France in search of the mysterious Vichy collaborator who murdered his wife and her resistance cell. The trail leads to Argentina, where an underground movement helps him search for the war criminal. Thriller, starring Dick Powell, Walter Slezak, Micheline Cheirel and Nina Vale.

Cast & Crew

Gerard Dick Powell
Incza Walter Slezak
Madame Jarnac Micheline Cheirel
Senora Carmargo Nina Vale
Du Bois Edgar Barrier
Santana Morris Carnovsky
Senor Carmargo Steven Geray
Marcel Jarnac Luther Adler
Director Edward Dmytryk
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: United Artists Corp. Ltd